Project #1113

Funding Agency
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT)
  • National Science Foundation
Services provided
  • Formative Evaluation
  • Summative Evaluation
  • Training Design
Methods
  • Document Review
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Interviews
  • Survey

Sustainable Electronics IGERT

Challenge

People love gadgets – here’s the problem. Today electronics from cell phones and laptops to game systems and TVs, are manufactured, used and eventually disposed, creating e-waste. Imagine a future where electronics are non-toxic, recyclable and designed to benefit ‘planet, people, and profit’.

Solution

A partnership between Purdue and Tuskegee Universities is building interdisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems. Graduate students from science and engineering, business, government, and the social sciences are collaborating to improve the global sustainability of electronic products.

Students learn to address factors that create the sustainability footprint of electronics products. Teams track the impact of the electronics life cycle from mining and manufacturing to consumers and recycling.

The approach is innovative. The project developed a core sustainable electronics curriculum based on new cross-disciplinary graduate courses. Courses use hands-on, real world, problem-based learning.

Faculty and students work together to create an interactive, international, team-based community intended to break through barriers to solving problems. Each trainee will have an international experience with industry or academic partners.

Edu provides formative and summative evaluation. We work closely with the project to define outcomes, track progress, and measure results.